17 April 2017, 15:52
LPR People's Militia: Situation along the contact line shows positive dynamics
The situation along the contact line shows positive dynamics, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.
"The situation in the area of responsibility of LPR People's Militia shows positive dynamics. During the previous day Ukrainian forces complied with the ceasefire agreement, no shelling was reported," he said.
"We welcome Ukrainian command's decision to honor the truce and we hope it will add to peace and stability of the region," Marochko added.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
LuganskMediaCentre — 17 April — Lugansk
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